Archive for December, 2011

Congratulations To The Winning Bakers In The Holiday Cookie Competition

Monday, December 12th, 2011

34 exhibitors entered their delicious cookies into the Fairgrounds Festival of Lights Holiday Cookie Competition on Sunday at the Fairgrounds in Hamburg.  Below is a list of the winners.  Congratulations to the winners!


1st Place – Rita Gabel of Lawtons with her Fudge Tartlets

2nd Place – Jeannette Pawlak of Buffalo with her Venetians/Neapolitans

3rd Place – Kim Solly of Orchard Park with her Candy Cane Sandwich Cookies


1st Place- Christine Enser of Springville with her Cream Cheese Christmas Cookies

2nd Place- Debra Vertoske of Lancaster with her Mini Gingerbread Birdhouse Recipe

3rd Place- Dawn Fleming of Orchard Park with her Christmas Cutout Cookies


Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

The Erie County Fair is a proud recipient of seven prestigious first place awards from the International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE) in the areas of Communications, Agriculture and Competitive Exhibits.  The IAFE is headquartered in Springfield, MO. 

 Award of Distinction for Communications – there are a total of twenty one award categories for the Communication Awards.

  •    2011 Erie County Fair Website (

Awards of Distinction for Agriculture – there are a total of thirteen award categories for Agriculture

  •   Special or Specific Agricultural Educational Event, Exhibit or Program for the Fairgoing Public – Daily Calf Feeding in Ag-Sperience
  •   Non-Fair Agricultural Event or Program – Farm 2 Table

Awards of Distinction for Competitive Exhibits – there are a total of nine award categories for Competitive Exhibits

  •     Use of Fair’s Theme Throughout Competitive Exhibits
  •     Interactive Competitive Exhibit – Watermelon Carving Contest
  •     Competitive Exhibit Display Photo

·         Competitive Exhibit Display Photo Series

Additionally, the Erie County Fair was awarded the ‘Competitive Exhibits Supreme Champion’; this awarded to the fair with the highest number of points awarded in all categories.

 Fifty seven Fairs in three countries compete and the entries are evaluated and judged by a team of industry leaders.  These individuals are selected from the membership of International Association of Fairs and Expositions, which has over 3,000 members from around the globe.  The Erie County Fair is seated in the top division (Division 5) based on the 1,053,150 attendance from the 2011 Fair.

 The awards were presented during the Awards Reception on November 30, 2011, during the 121St annual IAFE Convention held in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Erie County Fair takes great pride in being selected for this prestigious honor.

 The purpose of these competitions is to encourage fair members to share methods, ideas, in an effort to improve and enhance communications and programs at fairs.

 The Agricultural Fair and Expo Industry is not only very important to rural and urban economies globally, but also is steeped in tradition and has a tremendously positive impact on the social well being of our rural and urban society.

 The 2012 Erie County Fair dates will be August 8th – 19th, and the theme will be “Wild About The Fair.”